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No Child Left Behind and Students Who Struggle With Learning: An Online Chat

Advocate Candace Cortiella answers parents' questions about how the No Child Left Behind Act can support learning.

By Candace Cortiella, The Advocacy Institute

Candace Cortiella, an expert in special education law, is director of the nonprofit The Advocacy Institute which focuses on improving the lives of people with learning disabilities, through public policy and other initiatives. She is also the mother of a young adult with learning disabilities. Ms. Cortiella is the author of several articles on our website related to laws affecting children with learning disabilities and difficulties.

This conversation between Ms. Cortiella and parents about potential benefits to kids with learning difficulties in the federal No Child Left Behind Act, originally took place in 2004 on the parent message board hosted by Schwab Learning, formerly a program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, from 2000 to 2007. Scott Moore, Senior Online Community Manager for Schwab Learning, moderated. We feel readers will find much that is useful and important for their own efforts to advocate for their children.

Ms. Cortiella authored "Making the No Child Left Behind Act Work for Children Who Struggle to Learn: A Parent's Guide," a free publication produced by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. A downloadable pdf version of this guide is available.

List of Questions Asked of Candace Cortiella:

(Skip this list of questions and go directly to the beginning of the transcript.)

Candace Cortiella's work as Director of the nonprofit The Advocacy Institute focuses on improving the lives of people with learning disabilities, through public policy and other initiatives. The mother of a young adult with learning disabilities, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area.


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